Find out about the science of climate change and the views of scientists.

News

"The real story isn't the science - it's why as the science has got stronger and stronger, the politics has got weaker and weaker".

Some of the extreme events of the last decade or so can be shown to be attributed to humanity burning fossil fuels which contribute to atmospheric greenhouse gases.

A comprehensive analysis of peer-reviewed articles on the topic of global warming and climate change has revealed an overwhelming consensus among scientists that recent warming is human-caused.

Last year many people signed a petition to the then Director General of the BBC, George Entwistle, calling for better coverage of climate change on the BBC. Major problems, identified by a 2011 BBC Trust report, include 'false balance' between sceptics and the scientific consensus, and news presenters being ill-equipped to cover science stories effectively.

Since then, a new Director General has taken office, and a second BBC Trust report has been produced on the subject of science and impartiality. It has implied that they are all solved.

An interesting article by George Monbiot in the Guardian on the subject of biofuel, climate change and famine:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/13/poor-hungry-rich-drive-mo-farah-biofuels

Excellent explanation of why a few weeks’ heavy rain doesn’t get us out of drought, and how much more rain we’ll need. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17875456

A new report from WinACC’s Science and Technology Advisory Panel looks at what climate change might mean for Hampshire.  To find out more, see the synopsis, or the full report.

Members of WinACC's Science and Technology Advisory Panel have published their predictions of what some aspects of life in Winchester could be like in the year 2015, expressed as they might be seen by someone living in that year.  Click here to view the Winchester in 2015 report.

Among the changes that they foresee are that sales of bottled water will have ‘almost dried up’ by 2015; there will have been a great uptake in home insulation – with virtually all houses with cavity walls properly insulated; an increase in youngsters cycling to school; and the demise of...

WinACC's Science and Technology Advisory Panel has produced a paper which sets out the technical basis for setting national and local targets to mitigate climate change.  It defines the overall energy budget that the district must keep to take its share of national and global emissions cuts required for there to be a chance of keeping global warming to less than 2 degrees C.  The paper shows that a local cut of 7% year on year until 2050 is required for this.

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Events

There are no forthcoming events in this category at present. Please see the all events page for more.

Sub-topics

Articles about coal, oil, petrol, gas. See also our pages on divestment at http://winacc.org.uk/topics/national-and-global/divestment-big-business-....

Find out everything you need to know about shale gas and fracking

This page is about the carbon footprint of our water supply.  Hot water is covered under "Heating and hot water"

Activities

The Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP)

  • provides up-to-date information, advice and documentation on scientific and technological matters to WinACC
  • works with other WinACC groups in areas of mutual interest where STAP’s scientific knowledge and opinion is useful
  • reviews information from WinACC such as presentations and web materials for scientific accuracy
  • publishes on climate change.
It is also working with Winchester City Council to measure and reduce Winchester district's carbon footprint.

STAP meetings

The Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) meets 7.30-9.00 pm on 3rd Tuesday of alternate months. Contact STAP@winacc.org.uk if you want to come to a meeting.

STAP terms of reference

STAP members

Publications by members of STAP

Climate science

Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate experts have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening. What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge. 

The authors of these Factsheets state clearly what is known, and what isn’t, about the contribution that human-induced climate change is making to shifting weather patterns and other observed phenomena.

This is brilliant short film available on YouTube that rattles through the economic issues and proposed solution.

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